Ukrainian Premier League: Shakhtar Donetsk’s Taison expelled after receiving racist cries.
Taison, the Brazilian captain of Shakhtar Donetsk, was sent off last Sunday against Dynamo Kiev because of his reaction to racist cries against him. He left the field in tears.
The Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk has condemned the exclusion of their Brazilian captain Taison, targeted by racist cries on Sunday and expelled for sending the ball towards the stand of fans Dynamo Kiev.
In the 74th minute of play, while his team were leading 1-0 in this match played at the Metalist stadium in Kharkov (north-east), Taison fired towards the stand of Dynamo, from which racist insults came. The act has resulted in him being expelled for "unsportsmanlike behavior," according to the Ukrainian media.
The 31-year-old Shakhtar captain, whom he joined in 2013, left the field in tears, comforted by players from Dynamo Kiev. Another Brazilian from the Donetsk club, Dentinho, also cried, according to the pictures.
Shakhtar has strongly denounced the racism.
"Racism is a shame, together we have to fight it every day, every minute and every second," said Shakhtar Donetsk's Portuguese coach Luis Castro, who has been supporting his players.
"Shakhtar categorically opposes any form of racism," added the Ukrainian triple-champion club on its website, adding that 'nothing can justify these insults to people because their skin color, their religion or their political opinions. Football is not a question of racism," reacted Dynamo Kiev on Twitter.
Racism is a scourge that affects almost every football arena. And since the beginning of the year 2019/2020, those of Premier League are no exception.
Last month, Marvelous Nakamba made the news for being the victim of racist taunts during the Norwich-Aston Villa match in the 9th round of the Premier League.
In the international stage, UEFA has opened a disciplinary procedure after racist incidents were noted during three meetings of the qualifiers for Euro 2020, including the Bulgaria-England match (6-0) which was interrupted twice due to the public's behavior in Sofia.
UEFA brought four charges against the Bulgarian federation: Racist behavior, throwing objects, disruption of the national anthem and slow-motion broadcast on a giant screen.
The match against England marked by cries of monkey and Nazi signs addressed by Bulgarian supporters to black English players.
They verbally attacked the black players of the England team: defender Tyrone Mings and attackers Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling.
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